American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A steel tower supporting high-tension wires.
- n. A tower marking a turning point in a race among aircraft.
- n. A large structure or group of structures marking an entrance or approach.
- n. A monumental gateway in the form of pair of truncated pyramids serving as the entrance to an ancient Egyptian temple.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a monumental gateway to an Egyptian temple, or other important building. The pylon was sometimes a single structure, in outline resembling a truncated pyramid, through which the passage for the gate was pierced, but was more typically a combination of two such truncated pyramidal structures, connected by a lower architectural member, in which was the gate proper. They were usually covered with elaborate decoration in sculpture, together with hieroglyphic inscriptions. Often used synonymously with propylon. (Compare
propylon.) Various forms of the pylon are used as hieroglyphic symbols. That shown in the cut stands for On, the Greek Heliopolis.
- n. A gateway to the inner part of an Ancient Egyptian temple
- n. A tower-like structure, usually one of a series, used to support high-voltage electricity cables.
- n. aviation A structure used to mount engines, missiles etc., to the underside of an aircraft wing or fuselage.
- n. An obelisk.
- n. A traffic cone.
- n. American football An orange marker designating one of the four corners of the end zone in American football.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A low tower, having a truncated pyramidal form, and flanking an ancient Egyptian gateway.
- n. An Egyptian gateway to a large building (with or without flanking towers).
- n. A tower, commonly of steelwork, for supporting either end of a wire, as for a telegraph line, over a long span.
- n. Formerly, a starting derrick (the use of which is now abandoned) for an aeroplane.
- n. A post, tower, or the like, as on an aerodrome, or flying ground, serving to bound or mark a prescribed course of flight.
- n. a tower for guiding pilots or marking the turning point in a race
- n. a large vertical steel tower supporting high-tension power lines
- From Ancient Greek πυλών. (Wiktionary)
- Greek pulōn, gateway, from pulē, gate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The first pylon is quite near the entrance and the arcane elementals stand in a circle around it.”
“The pylon is there still, a partial ruin; but the Temple, with its roof, its staircases, and its secret treasure-crypts, is in all essential respects as perfect as on the day when its splendour was given over to the spoilers.”
“For those of you unfamiliar with the term "pylon," for our purposes today, a pylon is a self-contained package of six cruise missiles that can be quickly mounted to the wing of a B-52.”
“Behind the pylon is the great court of Rameses, entirely surrounded by two rows of seventy-four columns, with papyrus bud capitals and smooth shafts.”
“Typically this strategy is executed by popping out a Warp Prism near the opponents base and warping in Dark Templar's in its pylon radius; however, I was able to sneak a pylon in the corner of the opponent's starting area early in this game and simply use it.”
“The pylon is to be the centerpiece of a planned underwater museum featuring relics uncovered from the Mediterranean seabed.”
“The pylon is the first major artefact extracted from the harbour since 2002, when authorities banned further removal of major artefacts from the sea for fear it would damage them.”
“The pylon is the first major artifact extracted from the harbor since 2002, when authorities banned further removal of major artifacts from the sea for fear it would damage them.”
“Big Ten commish calls pylon call 'not acceptable'; punishment possible”
“For those of you unfamiliar with the term "pylon," for our purposes today, a pylon is a self-contained package of six cruise missiles that can be quickly mounted to the wing of a B-52. ”
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